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Diamond Knot India Pale Ale - Diamond Knot Brewery

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171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Diamond Knot Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 06-11-2003)
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Photo of joe1510
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

This was generously shared by d0b, thanks for the sample Davey! Diamond Knot IPA shows off a deep golden body with hints at sunset orange. The color changes with each movement. A thick cap of perfectly white lacing sits atop the body and slowly falls to a skim coat the solid sheet lacing down the glass. The lacing left behind is some of the nicest I've seen in awhile and the body is perfectly clear. This is a damn fine looking IPA.

The nose is full of candied citrus. Candied orange and grapefruit skins are the first things that jump to mind while a light toffee malt backbone sits in back. Some earthy, piney hoppiness comes along with each deep pull but the candied citrus dominates the nose of this brew, when I say dominates I mean that in the lightest of ways. This is a fairly well balanced IPA from the smell of things.

The flavor profile seems to follow what the nose previously laid down. A toffee malt base lays down the foundation upfront before a wave of candied citrus rolls through mid palate. Again, orange and grapefruit being most dominant with the grapefruit aspect leaving behind some bitterness on the swallow. There's a little piney, earthy hoppiness here and there but it's hard to put a finger on and fairly faint overall. As a matter of fact almost all aspects of this IPA are on the lighter side of the spectrum and it well balanced.

The body is my only real knock on the beer. It's a little on the light side for my tastes, not thin especially, just slightly lighter than expected. A soft bitterness coats the back of the tongue and throat each swallow while the carbonation is soft and light. The finish is nice and dry allowing the bitterness that's present to shine through.

Diamond Knot's IPA makes for one hell of a sessionable brew. One that should be sold in 6ers as a matter of fact, because a bomber simply doesn't cut it. It's a tough glass to put down while each drink makes me immediately crave more.

This isn't your typical left coast IPA; it's much more balanced and doesn't necessarily smack me over the head with bitterness. Usually not my kind of IPA but in this case I'll make an exception, it's sort of an IPA Light, sounds bad I know but it's a good brew. Thanks again, Dave!

joe1510, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed on 8/14/2009 and poured into a snifter. Thanks Torry. Appears light golden with a frothy one finger white head. The nose is floral with some grapefruit and orange pith. Malt is slightly sweet and caramel. The flavor is bitter grapefruit against a backdrop of sweet caramel. Notes of orange are present and the alcohol is well hidden. The hops are rather dull in the flavor and in the aroma, making for an okay yet unimpressive IPA.

HopHead84, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of PDXHops
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a shaker pint.

Golden yellow slightly hazy body with a finger of off-white head. Retention is just OK, but lacing is pretty nice.

Pleasant bouquet. Fairly strong hoppy aromas- pine, grassy, touch of grapefruit. Some honeyish light malt.

Tastes really good. The bitterness is quite strong without being overpowering, thanks to the lightly sweet malt backbone- honey and baked apples. Grapefruit is a bit stronger than the nose led me to believe, but pine and grassy hops still lead the way.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. The malt dries out at the swallow, leading to a sticky bitter finish.

Overall impression: Very solid IPA. I could drink this stuff all afternoon.

PDXHops, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of riversideAK poured into a tulip.

This one pours a clear amber with a huge creamy beige head that recedes very slowly and leaves lots of lacing on the way down.

The aroma is dominated by light citrus fruits, especially pineapples and oranges with a little bit of grapefruit as well. There's also ample sweetness from the caramel malts.

The taste is definitely more bitter than I was expecting and has a little more grapefruit than the aroma. The caramel malts carry the backbone and there are some floral hops in the finish, leaving the slightly astringent bitterness to linger.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with the citrus fruits and pine. The carbonation is light and soft.

This is a solid representation of the style and extremely enjoyable. The aroma is a bit fuller than the taste and the bitterness is a little bit astringent, limiting the drinkability slightly.

gford217, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to scrizzz. Pours a semi-hazy amber brown with a small white head. Aroma of sweet citrus, tropical fruits, and sweet malt. Flavor of bitter hops initially with some sweet malt in the finish. Mostly just bitter grassy hops here, not too much citrus/tropical fruit that I got from the tap version. Still a tasty treat though!

LilBeerDoctor, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of RedDiamond
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Some people rave about this beer. It is Diamond Knot's flagship and a very satisfying ale, but I can't bring myself to rave about it. It is clear brassy yellow and kicks up a breezy head of white foam and a sweet and sensual floral hop aroma. All parameters are workable and intact, and it is an easy beer to drink. But aside from the rich aroma, it doesn't go far in distinguishing itself.

RedDiamond, May 15, 2009
Photo of erikm25
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: From notes taken on 03/31/09. Pours a fiery mandarin orange. Hazy. Darker bronze hues. Solid creamy off white head. Good retention. Webbed lacing clings to the glass.

S: Floral and citrus aromas. Crisp and fresh smelling. Pungent. Apples and spices with an earthy malt character.

T: Solid bitter and sharpened hops. My first thought was that this bordered on a IIPA. Hits of peaches and grapefruit. Some solid sweetness is thrown in to help make this a tongue puncturing treat. No hints of alcohol. A slight honey tinge towards the back of each sip.

M: Medium to full bodied.

D: This beer was probably number one on my list to try since moving to WA. I was glad to finally grab a pint. A first rate IPA. I am anxious to try and IIPA from this brewery. Very drinkable and highly recommended for locals and tourists alike. What a fine beer.

erikm25, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 5/27/2006 (Tap @ Columbia City Alehouse, Seattle, WA):

Pours a brown, light brown color, good sized head, white, frothy. Very hoppy aroma, grapes, sweet, bitter. Pale dry taste, nutty aftertaste, semi-bitter, dry, slightly acidic. Very drinkable, clean taste.

jujubeast6000, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of ccrida
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the brewpub, Diamond Knot's IPA is pale orange with a nice sized, tight bubbled white head leaving heavy, foamy lace.

Smell is bright hops, plenty of Columbus but nicely balanced but the fresh herbal Galena's they're so partial to, cedar like. A bit muted though, perhaps if I let it sit for awhile it would open up more, but this is served at the brewpub, where are their beers are ales, and I shouldn't have to wait for it to warm up from ice cold.

Taste is really nice and well balanced, nice and hoppy with just enough bitterness without beating up the palate. Really nice hoppy flavor, and exceptionally clean. With the dominance of DIPAs, it's easy to lose track of what makes a good IPA great, and it doesn't require obliterating hoppiness. But a firm punch never hurts.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, oily and medium bodied.

Drinkability is high, I've always loved this IPA and drink it anytime I can - the classic Puget Sound IPA in my book. At 6.2% it's stout enough to satisfy but also allow for that extra round you'll inevitably crave.

ccrida, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Malt and Vine of Redmond. I know you can also get it at the Pump House in Bellevue.

The beer poured well with a finger of head that lingered slightly and left some nice lace. The hops were fruity and very floral smelling. The taste was good. The hops wasn't bitter or overwhelming, this brew had a nice balance of malt and hops. More hopyness of course because it was an IPA. Over all it was a nice beer, I wonder when they will have it on bottles, or if it will be just a tap only beer?

Wetpaperbag, May 10, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Hillside Pub in Seattle this is one of the most sophiscated IPA's I have had in awhile. The pretty orange colour was set off by fragrant hops but what sets apart this IPA is the luscious finish which I can only describe as silky. I was happy as an Ivar's clam drinking this pint with no balance issues at all. Very worth the search.

canucklehead, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper-bronze, white head, very little retention, excellent lace.

S: Pine, nectarine & tangerine hops with some underlying American Pale malt.

T: Pine, tangerine & nectarine, light biscuity malt good bitterness. Better than 'good', but not quite a 4.5.

M: Moderate body, well-attenuated, dry finish, slight acidity.

D: Good.

Derek, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of kdoc8
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA had a 6.0% ABV. It had a thick bubbly, white head. The color was reddish-amber and the smell was fantastic! Floral, sweet hops - strong and complex. The taste is hops up front and hops on the end - not as complex as the smell. Oh well - I'd still drink it again.

kdoc8, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of RJLarse
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was on tap at the Elk Public House in Spokane. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color and is clear with a foamy white head.

The smell is very sweet and piney, juniper..

The taste is very sweet and less bitter for an IPA. There is a bit of a bread flavor to the beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, but just a bit cloying and filmy.

This is a very drinkable beer. Not sure what the ABV is but I get the feeling it's got a little kick to it. A very nice, unusually sweet and malty IPA.

RJLarse, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of doubleipa
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Diamond Knot pub on our way from Seattle to Vancouver. Good frothy, white, half inch head with good lacing and not too cold. Nice big hoppy aroma. Typical floral/citrus. Not much in the way of pine, though. I was a little dissapointed though with the taste. Definitely not as hoppy as the aroma would have indicated. Still a good West Coast IPA. Maybe I get my hopes up when I smell a great hoppy west coast style beer.

doubleipa, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of xoqx
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a bright brassy color with medium head and little retention. It had nice rings of lace with each drink. The smell is that of a piney hop. This is a big and balanced beer. The first thing, before even the taste though, is that it’s rather rounded, soft and creamy for a bitter IPA. The hops just abound but there is so much honey malt flavor, very freshly brewed tasting, interspersed. The malts really have strong honey orientation, yet it’s a light taste, nothing sticky here. This is a very drinkable beer, the kind one thinks about a few too many times after having it. This is one to seek out of you’re an IPA fan.

xoqx, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of therica
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My scores are based upon the more recent 2013 review, below.

9/26/2006 The server in Redmond said that this was her favorite. I'd already had a Mirror Pond Pale Ale and a New Belgium Skinny Dip on-tap, so I went with her choice. It went well with the few dozen oysters we were eagerly consuming, although it was not my favorite of the three (Mirror Pond).

Nice golden color although served after the head had long faded. Nice bouquet, the taste followed although it was a bit more gutsy than the bouquet would allude.

Taste overall was very nice, and left a strong hops bite in my mouth. I think I would like to try this on-tap again and have it handed directly to me, rather than sitting on a counter for 5 minutes until it's brought by a server.

8/19/2013 So here I am at Arnie's up the hill from Diamond Knot in Mukilteo with a freshly poured one. Nice modest white head on a pint of caramel-brown ale, excellent nose with mixed florals and caramelized malts. The taste is about the same, nicely bitter without being insane. Very typical of the current IPA's brewed by various craft brewers throughout the USA.

therica, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of beerceller99
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Has a dark yellow hue with a decent sized white head that leaves a nice lacing. Strong smell of grapefruit and floral hops. Medium bodied and softly carbonated. A sweet grain flavor quickly turns to bitter hops and lasts the remainder of the drink. The fresh smell of this brew is something to behold. Very nice.

beerceller99, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – I had this on-tap at a Silvertips hockey game and the cup was filled to the top so I couldn’t gauge the head, but the body was a beautiful, hazy orange in color.

Smell – This has a nice orangish hop aroma with a serious malty compliment.

Taste – This was a heavy hitting IPA. The hops are sharp and complex. I could pick out some nice floral and resiny notes along with an ample supply of grapefruit. The malt base was big and chewy with a bit of sugary sweetness to it.

Mouthfeel – This was bigger than medium-bodied but not full. This one was dry and very, very bitter. The ale felt exceptionally smooth and complex in the mouth. Terrific!

Drinkability – Yeah, we lost 0-2 and my chuck-a-puck landed in the penalty box, but this offering from Diamond Knot was a definite winner.

RoyalT, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of brakspear
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great representation of the Pacific Northwest IPA, Diamond Knot pours a slightly hazy gold with a creamy tannish head. The aroma is full of citrus hops, but not as grapefruity as some, perhaps it is dryhopped with Columbus hops rather than Cascades or Centennial. The taste is surprisingly smooth. A faint malty sweetness overshadowed by a nice hop bite. Not oppressively bitter, this IPA is very easy to drink. A very good beer to search out while in Seattle.

brakspear, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 14 November 2002. I did a swap with a coworker who lives in Seattle. he got some stone, I got a growler of diamond knot IPA and I wasn't disappointed. This is a very nice hopmonsterful IPA. Hops are all over the nose and palate. I really enjoyed drinking this.

jcalabre, Jun 11, 2003
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Diamond Knot India Pale Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.